University of Arkansas head coach, Mike Anderson, has quite possibly one of the most unorthodox ways to teach his players to get under and control a ball. By filling a basketball with water and having athletes pass it around in practice, your team will get better at grabbing the ball with both hands.
Drill Summary: Fill a basketball up about 2/3 full with water (can be done by inserting a syringe with water through the air hole of the ball). Once you have a ball filled, execute a traditional 3-man weave up and down the floor, with the focus being to throw the ball as high as possible on passes. Don’t worry about laying the ball into the hoop.
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Susie Johnson, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee head women’s volleyball coach, designs her drills to develop mental toughness in her players while improving essential skills. The blocking drill in this clip is no different, as its intent is to work on reaction time and achieve a set amount of blocks.
Drill Summary: Set up with two people as middle blockers (one in the drill) and two people as right side blockers (one in the drill) on the defensive side of the net. On the offensive side, have a quick attacker in the middle and an outsider hitter ready to hit a ball. The goal of the drill is to block as many shots as you can. This is a two ball drill that first has the quick attacker hit a ball in the middle, followed by a kill shot from the outside attacker. The middle blocker must cover both shots, while the outside blocker focuses on the outside hitter. The goal is to get 10 blocks, then players switch out on defense.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Work on different offensive tempos.
2) Blocking technique.
4) Recognizing different shots.
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Three time All-American and U.S. Olympian, Ken Chertow, loves to use the “Reversal Drill” to help his wrestlers practice their reverses while conditioning them at the same time. Athletes will be challenged to pull off reversals quickly, which will translate to more effective moves during a match.
Drill Summary: Wrestlers get with a partner and see how many reversals both of them can make in five seconds. You can change it up to only allow certain types of moves as well in order to help wrestlers develop certain techniques.
U.S. Olympian wrestler, Ken Chertow, presents three drills that help athletes become stronger in matches. The drills shown in this clip are high intensity bursts, which will improve the core endurance of wrestlers needing to add to their explosiveness.
Drill Summary: The first drill is the Float Drill, where one partner gets in a base position on the ground and the other floats back and forth over top of them. Go for about 10 seconds of intense training, then switch partners.
The second drill is the Break Down Base Drill. In this drill, the partner on the bottom takes their stance, and the partner on top tries to break them out of it. The wrestler on bottom should do everything they can to stay in a good base. Go for 10 seconds, then switch partners.
The third and final drill is the Flip Drill. One wrestler is on bottom in a good base, while the other comes up to the side of the bottom wrestler, puts their hands underneath their partner’s stomach, and flips up and over their partner back and forth. Go for 10 seconds, then switch.
Iowa State University head women’s coach, Bill Fennelly, teaches players the “Mayor Drill”, which he named in honor of former ISU player/coach and current Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg. Players are tasked with making five layups, five mid-range jumpers and five 3-pointers before shooting a 1-and-1 to finish the drill.
Drill Summary: For this drill, players will need a rebounder. Begin by shooting a layup, then run to one of the corners, touch the sideline, then run back, receive a pass and shoot a 15-foot jumper. After that, run out to the arc and shoot a 3-pointer. Do this progression a total of five times around the arc (evenly spaced out), then go to the free throw line and shoot a 1-and-1. The goal of the drill is to make every shot for a total of 32 points. Keep track of the total amount of points for each player for an added competition aspect.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Get hands up and ready for passes.
2) Run at a good pace to help with conditioning.
3) Footwork on shots.
4) Mental toughness on the final two free throws.
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